I was in an amazing mood. It was again cloudy and cool, but I felt like we were hiking through an enchanted forest! I’m not entirely convinced that fairies DON’T build their fairy fortresses in old tree trunks and stumps in Washington- it is so mystical!!
A complete turn around from the day before, this morning I was loving life, loving the trail, and loving the moment!! And just minutes after telling Matthew how happy I was, I slipped in a creek, soaking the entire right side of my body and my phone! I had just taken a picture of the waterfall and instead of taking the ten seconds to fumble around and put my phone back into its place, I decided to hold onto it until I got out of the mosquito zone. There was literally ONE step I needed to take to cross the creek but splattttttt.
Second day impression of PCT Washington: it’s wet and green! And the climbs are steep and totally kicking my butt! If I don’t have buns of steel by the time the Washington section is complete…good golly!! AND, each day feels like a million days. In the desert, the weather didn’t change quickly for us: it was either uncharacteristically cold, windy, and rainy ALL day, or hot and sunny all day. In Washington, we are in a cloud one moment, getting sunburned the next, so we throw on sunscreen only to have it start raining, then wait! Is that a view? Yep! So beautiful, let me take a picturree..oh, shit- back to cloud again. It’s hard to keep the days straight when they are ever changing but also the same as the day before! But don’t get me wrong, it’s still frickin gorgeous and I’m so happy to be here!
Solar and Lunar are a super cool couple- they honeymooned on the Appalachian Trail 12 years before and had always talked about completing the Triple Crown (the AT, PCT, and the CDT)- so, they recently quit their jobs (Mrs. Eclipse is a high school English teacher and Mr. is a special education teacher!) and are headed out on a 3-5 year adventure!! After completing the PCT they will head out of the country for a bit, then come back to do the CDT next year, followed by more adventure!! I look forward to following their adventure on instagram, @teachersonhiatus.
After leaving the badass teachers, we took a short off-trail detour for water then continued on for another 4 miles to our campsite for the night, arriving a little after 7. There we met Shotgun, another flipper who took some time off trail. He had hiked NoBo from Mexico and went through part of the Sierra, took 5 weeks off to road trip literally everywhere, then flipped up to northern Washington. There, he hiked the 30 miles north to tag the border then turned around and continued SoBo. We chatted briefly before he returned to his tent to escape the cold and bugs while Matt and I feasted and were feasted on by bugs.